Opportunities for postgraduate study

Opportunities for postgraduate study

students in the west endThe Glasgow Particle Physics Experiment (PPE) group has a strong record of research and leadership at particle collider experiments, and we currently host more than twenty postgraduate students. 

Our students have gone onto successful careers around the globe in academia and research, as well as finance, IT and media.


Our major research efforts are in:

  • analysing data from the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC);
  • leading future upgrades to the LHC experiments;
  • design studies for a future neutrino factory and a future linear collider;
  • novel semi-conductor detector technologies for applications in particle physics and beyond;
  • collaborating with theorists on novel measurements, and LHC data-reinterpretation;
  • and building e-science and grid computing facilities.

We welcome applications for postgraduate studentships in all of these research areas. We have PhD positions available for both UK-based and Non-UK applicants, through various funding schemes.

PhD projects and training

Our current research projects include:

Other projects may arise on the border of theory and experiment, for example involving beyond-Standard-Model (BSM) interpretations of our ATLAS and LHCb areas of expertise.

Our postgraduate training is provided within the framework of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Graduate School, and provides opportunities to attend various summer schools and physics workshops, as well as to spend time at overseas laboratories such as CERN. The Graduate School provides a structure for progress reports and performance and development review, as well as for student feedback on the quality of supervision. Each student is appointed a first and a second supervisor, so you will be well supported.

students outside the libraryWe put great emphasis on expertise in the field and on generic skills training. Via SUPA, we offer an exceptionally strong and broad training programme in particle physics and related technical skills (such as statistical analysis, programming, and Linux operation). Students choose, with input from their supervisors, which courses to attend depending on their interests in theoretical or experimental physics.

Transferable skills are fostered through the Department and Faculty Graduate Schools. Amongst other activities all Faculty research students attend a residential course on Great Cumbrae Island for teamwork skills. All PPE and PPT students attend the appropriate STFC summer school in Particle Physics at the end of year one, are encouraged to attend STFC entrepreneurship training, and other summer schools and workshops throughout their PhD.



Male and female student sitting on wall with University tower in backgroundOur studentships are funded by a range of sources. In 2020 we expect to award 3 STFC studentships, with the potential also for ScotDIST Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Intensive Science studentships, and EPSRC/CASE studentships in detector development.

Our regular STFC-funded studentships are on offer for UK and EU students who have been resident in the UK for at least three years (including for full-time education; see the STFC documentation).  ScotDIST PhD studentships on data-intensive science are open to UK and EU applicants. All these studentships cover tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend.

In addition, prestigious SUPA Prize Studentships and Glasgow University Scholarships, both of which cover fees and provide a stipend, are available to students of all nationalities, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland offer Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships.

We also welcome applications from candidates with external funding.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications for quota PhD positions are open until 31 January. Other positions may be available through the academic year.

Please register your interest in any project by sending an email to the PPE Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Prof Aidan Robson, or the specific contact person if one is given. A conversation before applying will help you to tailor your application toward the available projects and research directions.

Information on the application procedure can be found in Postgraduate Research and in How to Apply.

Outstanding applicants for University Scholarships should refer to the Scholarships page.

Internationally outstanding applicants for SUPA Prize Studentships should view the SUPA online applications page. 

All applications for studentships and University Scholarships should be made through the Physical Sciences Graduate School.

Please arrange for reference letters to be sent to rio-researchadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk and clearly identified as relating to your application.



More information

More information

More information on Postgraduate study is provided here:

PhD study in the School of Physics & Astronomy